In America, we treat teeth separately from the rest of our bodies – in education, financing and even research. It's a problem that can sometimes have devastating consequences, says Mary Otto, author of "Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America."
The importance of oral health as a component of comprehensive health has received well-deserved national attention.1 A healthy and pain-free mouth supports good nutrition and the ability to sleep and focus...
Oral Health America (OHA) has published a national report examining factors impacting the oral health of older adults. With an expected 72.1 million seniors living in the United States by 2030, OHA’s A...
The American Dental Association (ADA) today announced a new policy on opioids supporting mandates on prescription limits and continuing education in what could be the first of its kind among major health care professional organizations.
"Learning about the integration of primary care and dentistry in our dental school setting has been an unparalleled experience. Seeing patients who have previously undiagnosed chronic conditions receive the medical attention they need sheds light on how important it is to increase collaboration between the medical and dental worlds."
~ Yassee E. Pirooz, DMD, HSDM class of 2018
The Nurse Practitioner & Dentist (NPD) model, piloted since 2015 at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in collaboration with Northeastern University, promotes interprofessional practice /and education by integrating primary care services provided by a nurse practitioner into an academic dental practice environment.
In this innovative model, nursing and dental students work in interprofessional teams and are jointly responsible for providing primary care and dental services to patients. During supervised clinical rotations, students learn how each profession formulates diagnoses, implements preventive interventions, and makes referrals within their scopes of practice. Students develop interprofessional plans of care under the direct supervision of NP and dental faculty. Older adults (>65 years of age) living with one or more chronic health conditions, particularly diabetes and hypertension, constitute the target population.